As we age joint problems become more common. During the menopause, many women experience joint stiffness, aches and pains. Homeopathy can help those problems. If you would like to know more continue to read…
Any of your joints can be affected, from little joints such as fingers and toes, right up to the big joints such as hips and knees.
Why do we get joint problems during the menopause?
There are a number of causes of joint pain during menopause including:
- Hormonal changes
- Weight gain
- Poor posture
- Increased sensitivity to pain.
Falling oestrogen levels are thought to be one of the main causes of joint pain during menopause. As we reach menopause, levels of oestrogen in our bodies begin to drop. Oestrogen is responsible for regulating fluid levels in the body; therefore, if levels of this hormone are low, the body becomes less able to hold water, which can affect the hydration and lubrication of the joint tissues, including the cartilage, ligaments and tendons. The levels of progesterone and testosterone are dropping as well and the ratio between these three hormones is important for our health.
How homeopathy can help?
Homeopathic remedies can help balance your hormones.
There are many remedies that can be used for back pain, knee, hips or smaller joint problems. For more information read the article by Dr Fisher here.
As a homeopath I look at the person as a whole and take into consideration all present symptoms. I try to match the symptoms with a remedy with a similar picture. For the remedy to work it needs to be a close fit. During the consultation, we talk about when it all started, investigate if there was physical trauma or anything else in a person’s life that led to the problem. Very important is to establish what makes the problem worse or better. The personality of the patient, what they like to eat or drink, what makes them happy and many other things are taken into consideration. I usually give advice on a healthy lifestyle as well. Every patient gets some relief and then is up to the individual how far they are ready to go. Homeopathy empowers the person to be in charge of their own health. The same remedies are used for male and female patients.
There are many articles available on this topic. You can find more information with homeopathic cases here.
In my own practice, I have used Rhus tox, Ruta, Bryonia, Kali carb, Pulsatilla, Sepia to mention a few for different joint problems cases with success.
I will give an example of a few remedies regularly used for joint problems
Pain that moves unpredictably from one joint to another suggests a need for this remedy. The hips and knees are often affected, and pain may be felt in the heels. Symptoms are worse from warmth, and better from cold applications and open air. A person who needs this remedy often is moody and changeable, and usually wants a lot of attention and comforting.
The greatest rigidity and pain is experienced on first moving the joints after rest, and on waking up in the morning. After the joints are moved for a while the pain is lessened. ”With Rhus restlessness is due to the pain and soreness temporarily improved by movement or a nervous internal uneasiness which makes the patient want to be on the move when there is no particular pain present. ”(Nash)
Stiffness and soreness of the joints, worse from drafts and cold, maybe relieved by this remedy. Aching in the bones and tiredness are common, and the person feels worse from exertion. Calcium deposits or bone-spurs may develop, especially in the neck. A feeling of dissatisfaction and a strong desire for travel or a change of circumstances are often seen in individuals who need this remedy.
Arthritis with a feeling of great stiffness and lameness, worse from cold and damp, and worse from exertion often is relieved by this remedy. Tendons and the capsules of the joints may be affected. Arthritis may have developed after overuse, from repeated wear and tear.
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Disclaimer: This article is for educational purposes only and not intended to replace the advice of your physician or health care provider.